Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors show hard work isn’t enough – employers expect forced cheerfulness too

It is no longer enough to put in the requisite hours and be a good colleague. Workers increasingly have to profess a phenomenal passion for their employer

Amazon wants you to know it is not the exploitative employer it is often made out to be. It wants you to know you should not believe nasty reports that its workers are forced to pee in bottles because they are not allowed toilet breaks. It wants you to know it is much maligned. Indeed, the e-commerce behemoth is so eager to communicate all these points that it has taken the unusual step of paying staff to tweet nice statements about it.

You may be asking yourself: is this real life or a dystopian fantasy? I’m afraid it is very much real life. It recently came to the internet’s attention that a number of Amazon warehouse workers have been scouring Twitter for criticism of the company and replying to it with suspiciously cheerful counterpoints. Last week, for example, an account called @AmazonFCShaye responded to a tweet that said the company should pay its workers more: “Did you know that Amazon pays warehouse workers 30% more than other retailers? I feel proud to work for Amazon – they’ve taken good care of me.”

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Amazon’s Twitter ambassadors show hard work isn’t enough – employers expect forced cheerfulness too

It is no longer enough to put in the requisite hours and be a good colleague. Workers increasingly have to profess a phenomenal passion for their employer

Amazon wants you to know it is not the exploitative employer it is often made out to be. It wants you to know you should not believe nasty reports that its workers are forced to pee in bottles because they are not allowed toilet breaks. It wants you to know it is much maligned. Indeed, the e-commerce behemoth is so eager to communicate all these points that it has taken the unusual step of paying staff to tweet nice statements about it.

You may be asking yourself: is this real life or a dystopian fantasy? I’m afraid it is very much real life. It recently came to the internet’s attention that a number of Amazon warehouse workers have been scouring Twitter for criticism of the company and replying to it with suspiciously cheerful counterpoints. Last week, for example, an account called @AmazonFCShaye responded to a tweet that said the company should pay its workers more: “Did you know that Amazon pays warehouse workers 30% more than other retailers? I feel proud to work for Amazon – they’ve taken good care of me.”

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North Carolina must fix Republican gerrymander before midterms

  • Federal court rules redrawing of district maps unconstitutional
  • Thursday deadline for parties’ recommendations to fix problem

A federal court has ruled that North Carolina Republicans illegally drew up US congressional districts in the state to benefit their party, suggesting that new lines should be crafted before November’s midterm election.

The three-judge panel for the US district court for the middle district of North Carolina said in a 321-page opinion that Republican legislators responsible for the map conducted unconstitutional partisan gerrymandering to dilute the impact of Democratic votes.

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